Purdue to celebrate 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk

Astronaut Neil Armstrong smiles inside the Lunar Module July 20, 1969. (Photo by NASA/Newsmakers)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University is planning several events commemorating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing commanded by school alumnus Neil Armstrong.

The university says events begin July 18 with a presentation on the landing by Apollo 11 flight director Gene Kranz, followed by a July 20 screening of “Armstrong,” a new documentary film featuring home videos shot by Armstrong and unseen footage from NASA.

Purdue will host a special exhibition of items from its Armstrong archives on July 19-20. Other July 20 events include children’s activities on the Purdue Mall and a lunar module landing celebration timed around the 4:17 p.m. touchdown ahead of Armstrong becoming the first person to walk on the moon.

Armstrong was a 1955 Purdue graduate. He died in 2012 at age 82.

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